Alliance Summer 2022 Professional Development
The Alliance for Public Waldorf Education is offering Summer Professional Development designed for the Public Waldorf Community

Week 1: July 11th-15th Theory and Practice

Week One of Professional Development offers a combination of theory and practice for educators working out of the Core Principles of Public Waldorf Education.  Designed for all members of the Public Waldorf community, participants can choose from a variety of offerings, including introductory/orientation sessions for those new to Public Waldorf education (these sessions are prerequisites for all grades teachers new to Public Waldorf who wish to enroll in Week #2). In addition to the orientation sessions, teachers have the opportunity to participate in courses in child development, special education, therapeutic education, DEI, leadership, and mindfulness.  Artistic courses are designed to help develop the teacher’s inner life.  Participants can sign up for the entire week or may select individual courses that meet their professional/inner development needs.  

Week 2: July 18th-22nd Early Childhood through 8th Grade

Week two is designed for teachers in schools working out of the core principles of Public Waldorf Education. The schedule reflects a professional development experience to support and prepare teachers for entering the classroom.  Instructors have all been involved with schools working out of the core principles and look forward to forming cohorts specific to each grade/area in the morning course.  The courses in math, literacy, and the arts will form as cohorts combining two grades.  Please expect to participate in all the courses for your grade/area, as the instructors are working together to build up a complete picture.  Our hope is that new friendships will form, new insights and practical skills will be gained and that participants will leave feeling refreshed and enthusiastic to begin teaching their classes.

Monday, July 18 • 8:30am - Friday, July 22 • 3:20pm
Picture of 2nd Grade

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8:30-8:50am: Opening

Picture of 2nd Grade with Elizabeth Zettler
Monday: Creating Community & Developmental Stages
Tuesday: Structuring the Main Lesson Block Rotation for the Year
Wednesday: Crafting the Main Lesson: Rhythm and Breathing
Thursday: Storytelling and Archetypes
Friday: Testing & Assessments: How to Infuse Measurement with Understanding and Artistry

10:20-11: Break
11-11:50: Literacy with Jennifer Nelson
12-12:50: Math with Jennifer Nelson
1-2: Lunch

Monday: Watercolor Painting with Neal Kennerk
Tuesday: Chalkboard Drawing with Brian Wolf
Wednesday: Form Drawing with Laura Embrey Stine
This course for teachers will show a healthy sequence of forms and the best types of forms to present and teach the children in the first and second grades. We will cover single forms and running forms for both grades. Please be prepared for class with a graphite pencil and eraser, a set of crayons or colored pencils, a pencil sharpener, white paper, and a flat surface for drawing. It is helpful to have large paper for the running forms especially.
Thursday: Singing Games and Folk Dancing with Anna Rainville
Friday: Practical Handwork with Elizabeth Seward
1st grade marks the first formal handwork classes, when all students are expected to begin, carry through, and finish a project. Along with this challenge to their will forces, very fine motor skills are required as they learn to knit. These skills are further developed in 2nd grade when crochet is also often introduced towards the end of the year. This session will explain and demonstrate how to effectively and efficiently introduce this relatively complex skill to 1st graders, how to pace the teaching of various skills (casting on, knitting, casting off, sewing, purling, etc), and how to include volunteers or assistants if you choose to do so, and we will outline an effective template for handwork lessons.

We will knit a small square together, which will become a butterfly
Materials required:
Knitting needles, ideally size 10 or 10.5
Yarn, ideally bulky weight, in 1,2,3, or 4 colors
Alternatively: size 8 needles and worsted weight wool yarn.
NOTE: actually, almost any yarn combination will make a charming butterfly

Recommended: Teaching Through Stories: Jane and Jeremy Learn to Knit, by Elizabeth Seward. Available as an e-book.

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Elizabeth Seward

Director, Waldorf Handwork Educators
A little about me: I have been teaching handwork for 40+ years in private, public, and homeschool settings, and teaching teachers. In 2018 I published a book "Teaching Through Stories: Jane and Jeremy Learn to Knit", which gathers as much as I could from my experiences teaching knitting... Read More →
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Elizabeth Zettler

Lead Teacher Grade 2/Faculty Co-Chair
Elizabeth Zettler is currently a 2nd Grade teacher at Spring River School where she integrates Waldorf teaching methods in an outdoor forest classroom.Elizabeth has Bachelor and Masters of Music degrees in Vocal Performance both with a focus in operatic singing, as well as a Masters... Read More →
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Neal Kennerk

Art Integrationist, Brooklin School
As an educator, I have been teaching in schools for 21 years and teaching in both graduate and undergraduate programs for 13 years. I have an undergraduate in Philosophy/Theology from Hanover College and a Master's in education from Antioch University Northeast. I was a Waldorf teacher... Read More →
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Brian Wolfe

Co-founder, Waldorfish
Brian Wolfe has spent the past 15 years teaching art & geometry to Waldorf-inspired children at local schools. So basically, creating a generation of grounded families with beautiful memories! Currently, he works with homeschooling families via Waldorfish.com, where he has been developing... Read More →
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Jennifer Nelson

Waldorf- Inspired Visual Arts, K-5, Jefferson County Public Schools
Jennifer holds a BA in Social Science, an MAT in Elementary Education, a Rank One (30 credit hours beyond a masters degree) in Education with an emphasis in Public Waldorf studies, and an MA in Educational Leadership.   She has spent the last 13 years as teacher for Jefferson County... Read More →

Anna Elise Rainville

Class Teacher, Golden Valley Orchard School
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Laura Embrey-Stine

Pedagogical Chair, Camellia Waldorf School
I have been a teacher for 40 years and a form drawing teacher and enthusiast for over 25 years, working as a class teacher and high school teacher in three different Waldorf schools. I co-authored with Ernst Schuberth Form Drawing Grades 1-4 in 1998, and in the years 2016-2021, I... Read More →

Monday July 18, 2022 8:30am - Friday July 22, 2022 3:20pm PDT